Sunday, June 10, 2012

Carr demands release of lawyer held in Libya

The Federal Government is calling for the immediate release of an Australian lawyer being detained in Libya, as international law experts raise serious concerns about her safety.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says consular officials are trying to get access to International Criminal Court (ICC) lawyer Melinda Taylor, who was detained by rebels on Thursday during a visit to the son of the late Libyan leader, Moamar Gaddafi.

Ms Taylor is one of four ICC delegates who were detained after alleged breaches to Libyan national security.

She is accused of trying to pass "dangerous documents" to Saif al-Islam, who was arrested in November for his role in trying to put down the bloody uprising against his father's 40-year rule.

Two female ICC delegates were searched by a policewoman when the documents were allegedly found on Ms Taylor.

A camera was also allegedly found on the translator with the ICC team. A rebel commander accused her of having falsely portrayed herself as a nurse.

The ICC says it has concerns about the safety of the delegates who are now being detained in Zintan, where Saif is being held. Read More